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In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…
- Jackson Ball
Ever since his WWE debut back in 1990 The Undertaker has been pushed like no other Superstar has. Thus, whenever he has lost a match it has always been a big deal.
Instead of being shoved down fans’ throats against their will like John Cena and Roman Reigns have been down the years, Vince McMahon has been subtle in the way he has booked the Deadman. He hasn’t always been in the WWE Championship picture, but he’s always been in a meaningful position close to the top of the card. It’s one of the main reasons we haven’t grown tired of the Phenom over the last 26 years.
Of course, the nature of the Undertaker gimmick demands this treatment. He’s already dead, essentially, so no one should be able to beat him. When he goes down, it’s usually because of a outside interference that »
- Ross Tweddell
Well, WWE Sunday Night Raw Fastlane was…a show. Some good bits, some bad bits – but not enough either way to focus on for a whole ‘5 Reasons Why Fastlane was the Best PPV Ever!’ piece, or ‘8 Times We Wished No Way Out Would Come Back’. So, instead, here is a completely unstructured list of 22 Thoughts on WWE Fastlane…in both video and text form!
1. Kalisto retained his Us Title after defeating Alberto del Rio dos falls to uno in the pre-show. Del Rio intentionally lost the first fall via Dq by hitting Kalisto with a chair, so he could then capitalise on that for the second. I may be reading to much into this as a tribute, but it reminded me when Daniel Bryan used the same tactic in his 2012 Extreme Rules match against Sheamus.
Where’s a Kevin Owens pop-up powerbomb when you need one?
2. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly was in the crowd. »
- Oli Davis
Some might say that WWE Fast Lane is just a filler show while we wait for WrestleMania, but that can’t be the case can it? I mean, it’s got Brock Lesnar on the show and… well that’s about it. With so many injuries to key players and some of the company’s top stars working part-time, the roster depth is pretty thin for WWE at the moment. Which is how we’ve ended up with a card where only one match actually matters going into WrestleMania. That’s not to say it won’t be good of course, but it will certainly be lacking in drama.
Let’s see what we’ve got in store… »
- Luke Owen
Every once in a while, a pay-per-view event comes from out of nowhere to rank among the greatest ever produced by a given wrestling promotion. That was the case when WWE rolled into Las Vegas, Nevada, for its No Way Out pay-per-view in 2001. With two huge main events and a plethora of talented wrestlers making up the rest of the card, there was reason to believe that the show would be damn good.
Few could have expected that it would be as damn good as it turned out to be.
Rarely, if ever, does WWE present a show that excels from beginning to end. On that Sunday night nearly 15 years ago, they did just that.
Prior to that evening’s broadcast, »
- Erik Beaston
WWE’s February pay-per-views are typically the last major stop on the road to WrestleMania. They are the shows that feature (at least some of) the final significant swerves and championship victories ahead of the Showcase of the Immortals. In some instances, they even drastically alter the direction the company takes its top feuds and how they use their biggest stars.
The shows have been home to epic encounters and five-star classics. From Steve Austin vs. Triple H in 2001 to Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker in 06, WWE’s February broadcasts have brought fans truly enduring matches.
For every Cactus Jack vs. Triple H Hell in a Cell match, though, there are three or four matches that royally reek of sucktitude. Like, Scott Steiner circa 2003 sucking. Or Blue Meanie vs. Goldust in a battle of He Who is Freakier suckiness.
As often as the performers are working hard in »
- Erik Beaston
After an anticlimactic midseason finale, “The Walking Dead” seemed determined to make up for lost time in its 2016 return, resulting in a veritable bloodbath that dispatched Jessie and her sons Sam and Ron in typically brutal fashion — simultaneously satisfying our bloodlust (because no one appreciates whiny kids at the best of times, let alone in a zombie apocalypse) and leaving Carl permanently maimed, after a horrified Ron took a shot at Rick and hit his son in the eye instead.
This precipitated a rapid descent into chaos, filmed with frenetic energy (if not much art) by director and executive producer Greg Nicotero, who made some bold aesthetic choices in the action-packed hour that didn’t always pay off — for one, the climactic montage of the survivors hacking at zombies against a black backdrop »
- Laura Prudom
The February 9th, 1998 episode of Raw was the go-home show for the upcoming No Way Out (of Texas) pay-per-view, due to be headlined by an unsanctioned 8-man tag featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack, and Chainsaw Charlie taking on D-Generation X.
As it turned out, Hbk’s nagging back injuries prevented him from wrestling on the show, and he was replaced by…Savio Vega. Yeah. Even so, Raw slid the chess pieces firmly in place ahead of WrestleMania, further heightening the feud between Austin and Dx, while the show’s remainder was comprised of the usual mix of hilarious, weird and lame that defines just about any Attitude Era episode of Raw.
And with the release of Sunny’s porno, Sunny Side Up, this week, what better time to consider all the sad difference that 18 years can make?
Here are 29 Wtf moments from the February 9th, »
- Jack Pooley
When viewers last saw AMC's The Walking Dead, the situation was dire and on the verge of violence. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Lincoln discussed the show's upcoming dark turn, Rick's changing leadership style, and more.
"I will say that five of my favorite episodes in a long time — and very different episodes — are in this back eight."
Lincoln also touched on what Episode 609, "No Way Out", has in store for Rick Grimes and company:
"[Showrunner Scott M. Gimple] and the writers have done a very smart thing in that they’ve thrown a lot of propositions and questions and challenges to Rick and the family and the community, and you will quickly realize they are answered in a very shocking, brilliant, terrifying, epic way. All I will say is this is our Magnificent Seven, »
- Derek Anderson
For 20 years, sandwiched between the two biggest Pay Per Views of the year, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, stands the February Pay Per View. From 2000 until 2009 (plus 1998), it was called No Way Out. From 2010 until 2014, it was called the Elimination Chamber. Last year and this year, it’s now called Fastlane.
The February Pay Per View is a lot more interesting than the September Pay Per View because the writing team is still in its creative peak as they build the Road to Wrestlemania. Stakes are pretty high for a non-big four Pay Per View. A major theme involves the Royal Rumble winner putting his Wrestlemania title shot on the line, which happened at the 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2015 editions of the February Pay Per View (the Rumble winner was actually going for the championship at the 1997 and 2008 editions). Interestingly enough, only Shawn Michaels in 1996 and Roman Reigns in 2015 successfully defended their title shots, »
- Justin Seagull
For 11 years, No Way Out was the final pay-per-view stop on the road to World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania. Home of some extraordinary matches and moments that have been indelibly etched in the memories of those who watched them, the event was must-see broadcasting for fans as WWE marched toward the biggest event of its calendar year.
Unfortunately, the event disappeared from the schedule, replaced by a show devoted to the Elimination Chamber match. It was a disappointing end to a show with such tradition and history behind it. An event that featured extraordinary wrestling matches, monumental returns and the first hints of what fans could expect from the Showcase of the Immortals, No Way Out was one of the signature events during WWE’s hottest period as a company.
Now, some seven years after the very last incarnation of the event, we relive the 12 matches and moments that helped define the event. »
- Erik Beaston
11 items from 2016
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